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Mr. Shephard

David Shephard

Chief Executive Officer, Readiness Resource Group

David Shepherd is Chief Executive Officer for Readiness Resource Group, a veteran-owned small business founded in 2007 and based in Las Vegas, NV. RRG supports national preparedness, enterprise resilience and infrastructure crisis and risk programs. RRG execute programs in planning, training and exercises for the critical infrastructure; test and evaluation of technologies for emergency responders; assessments and technology integration for preparedness and prevention mission support; and develop and integrate special technologies for counter-intrusion and counter-surveillance applications. RRG provide operational know-how and technical assistance to enhance infrastructure protection and national preparedness with emphasis on the nexus between public safety and critical infrastructure owners/operators. From requirements analysis to systems integration, RRG advances the emergency, crisis and risk management mission with integrity and ingenuity in service. From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Shepherd was the Executive Director of Security at Venetian Resort Hotel Casino responsible for physical security, background investigations, terrorism, EMT coverage, construction security and special investigation. The Venetian is the fourth largest hotel in the world and includes ten million square feet of space in suites, shopping mall, night clubs, restaurants, theaters, convention space and casino. Operated the Emergency Command Center on natural disasters, life safety, terrorism and health concerns. During this same period Mr. Shepherd was also an instructor at University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) where he instructed undergraduate students in Criminal Investigations, and Criminal Evidence. He was a guest instructor for the Institute of Security Studies, Masters Program, specifically focusing upon Commercial Facilities preventive measures and Emergency Command Center Operations. Mr. Shepherd worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1975 to 1999 where he had twenty-two years experience in SWAT operations as Team Leader and Coordinator in domestic and foreign terrorism, kidnappings, extortions, fugitives, violent crimes and narcotics. He coordinated operations with local, state, federal, military (Navy Seals, Delta Force, Special Operations) and International law enforcement operations. He operated the Forward Command Center (FCC) for nuclear incidents (Nevada Test Site), and established aircraft hijacking exercises at McCarran International Airport and supervised criminal investigations in hostage situations and major criminal violations, such as armored car robberies, telemarketing frauds and arrested FBI Top Ten Fugitives over the course of his career. Before working for the FBI, Mr. Shepherd served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps where he was the physical fitness coordinator at Officer Candidate School, Quantico, VA. Mr. Shepherd was responsible to train officer candidates in the obstacle course, confidence course, bayonet fighting, hand-to-hand combat and all aspects of physical fitness. He graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Marketing; from Golden Gate University with an M.B.A. in Management; and from Golden Gate University with an M.P.A. in Criminal Justice.

Mr. Shephard can be contacted at 702.685.0164 or shepherd@readinessresource.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.